Monday, May 14, 2018

MOMMIEKNOWSFRESH: Six Things I Love About You On Your Sixth Birthday

My dearest daughter:

You’ve taken another trip around the sun, and my heart is filled with joy. I’m often nostalgic when it comes to you and what I can only describe as your rapid growth from baby to toddler to kid.  You yourself have found me misty eyed watching old videos of you saying your first word (it was Mama btw), or taking your first steps.  I think the reason that your birth date is so close to my own is because you my darling daughter are the ultimate gift.  You are the best parts of both of us, light and light in a world sometimes filled with darkness.  And I know it’s not just me who sees it, even strangers who may catch our conversations in passing are likely to smile at something you’ve said. Your willfulness is unmatched, which makes for some Interesting mommy/daughter moments in patience (Lawd!).  It is in those moments that I am learning what it means to parent not only with an open mind, but with an open heart as well.
So this year, instead of my promises to you, I chose to focus on the things that I love about you instead because you’re pretty awesome.  And though this is a list that stretches to infinity, I narrowed it down to six:

1.  You’re really funny

I find myself asking “How can someone so small be so funny?”  Yet your comedic timing is almost as good as mine, and trust me, I’m hilarious! You have also inherited your great-grandmothers cackle/laugh, a sound that betrays its tiny host.   A laugh so rich that it makes me laugh hysterically every time I hear it.  It’s truly the best medicine, “Tylenol” to my soul.

2. You’re kind

I watch you with your friends sometimes, because I’m curious to see who you are in your own space away from our roles as mother and daughter.  And though I fill you with “proud” everyday (I’m proud of you for cleaning your room, I’m proud of you for eating your veggies, etc etc) what I’m most proud of is the person who you are away from me, the one who is kind to her friends.

3. You’re brave

Bravery isn’t just about heroism.  It’s also replacing your fear with faith in everyday situations.  It’s getting in the pool when you might be afraid, it’s walking the tightrope in the park (with spotting from mom of course, I’m not crazy lol) it’s willingness to always try something new.  You show me every day just how brave you can be, and I hope you see it too.

4. You’re creative

When you were younger we used to play a game where I would turn the pages in a blank notebook and pretend I was reading a story, one that we’d make up together as we went along.  You were so creative even then! There was always a princess of some sort and a bad wolf/bear she would beat up to save the day and live happily ever after. 

5. You’re sentimental

I have a secret, as a kid I didn’t take very good care of my toys.  Now don’t get me wrong, I appreciated and loved every toy I received, but I’d always to remix it in a way that supported my latest obsession at the time.  Like the time when I tried to turn my Rainbow Bright into Wonder Woman with the help of a few permanent markers.....yeah.  One of the things that I love about you is that whatever you are given you love and care for it likes it’s the best thing ever.  Watching you learn gratitude at an early age inspires me more than you’ll ever know.

6. You’re strong willed

As mother’s we pray for our children to be strong, to never back down, and to be unmoved, and resilient.  What we forget is that our children show hints of who they are at an early age, so my strong “future” daughter is currently my strong young daughter (send help) and while we don’t always see eye to eye I am so proud of the person you are becoming. I only hope that I can make you proud too.




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